Assistant Professor of Writing Studies (tenure-track) and Horldt Writing Center Director

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The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication at Lawrence Technological University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Writing Studies to direct the Horldt Writing Center, teach courses in composition, rhetoric, and communication, and develop a robust collaborative research agenda in writing studies. The Horldt Writing Center was established five years ago to support student writers across LTU’s campus through faculty tutoring, workshops, and writing labs. Since its founding, the Horldt Writing Center has shown consistent and substantial growth, contributing significantly to the culture of writing on campus.

We are seeking a colleague committed to the mission of writing center administration who shows promise as a researcher in the fields of writing studies, composition, rhetoric, and/or communication. The new hire will work closely with our existing faculty members in the fields of writing and communication to develop holistic, inclusive, and integrated writing pedagogy both in general education and in writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines. Additionally, there is the potential to develop post-graduate certificates in the teaching of writing.

A Ph.D. in composition, rhetoric, communication, or a related field at the time of appointment is necessary. Prior experience directing or co-directing a writing center is highly desirable; experience with interdisciplinary research and/or digital media studies is a plus. The Horldt Writing Center Director is required to teach twelve credit hours per academic year; potential teaching assignments include first-year/second-year composition/communication as well as upper-division electives, which includes opportunities to teach in literary studies, media communication, and related fields. The remainder of the contract will be fulfilled in Writing Center direction/tutoring, research, and departmental service. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position, with additional opportunities for research support and summer teaching.

At LTU we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. We especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as BIPOC or as an underrepresented minority, and who have experience working with teaching or mentoring diverse groups of students. Candidates must demonstrate, in their application materials, an ability to foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline, and must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Relevant activities might include (but are not limited to) teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies; collaboration and engagement with underrepresented communities; and the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

How to apply

Interested applicants must send a cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position and a complete and updated CV as a single PDF to humchair@ltu.edu. Candidates selected for a first round of interviews will be asked to provide a one-page statement of teaching philosophy that addresses the role of writing centers in the support of students, a one-page statement of research activities and goals, and a one-page statement describing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Salary will be commensurate with experience; the start date for the position is August 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; for priority consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2022.

Lawrence Technological University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to a diverse, equitable, and non-discriminatory environment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Lawrence Technological University conducts pre-employment screening on initial candidates for all positions, which may include but is not limited to, a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, license, certifications, and/or verification of work history.


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